I am a Senior Lecturer in the department of Linguistics and English Language, School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. I received my PhD from the University of Tromsø, following a specialist degree at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Moscow State University. Previously I was Lecturer in Language and Linguistics at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. I came to Edinburgh in 2013 as Lecturer in Theoretical Phonology.
I am a phonologist whose primary areas of interest concern the nature of phonological features and the division of labour in phonological theory. Recently I have also been working on the interaction between segmental and suprasegmental phonology, particularly on the proper analysis of so-called ‘pitch accent’ systems. My other interests are morphology-phonology interaction (in particular stratal/cyclic models), historical phonology, and historical language contact. In particular, I am interested in the interesting phonological commonalities among the languages of north-western Europe, such as preaspiration, ‘pitch accent’ systems, sonorant pre-occlusion etc. Read more about this project here; a monograph on the subject is currently under contract to Cambridge University Press.
At Edinburgh, I am affiliated to the Phonetics and Phonology, Language Variation and Change, and English Language research groups. I am also an affiliate of the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics.
Most of my work is on Celtic languages — particularly Welsh and Irish, and more recently also Scottish Gaelic (chan eil ach beagan Gàidhlig agam an-dràsta). My PhD thesis provides a comparison of selected aspects of the phonology of two Brythonic Celtic varieties, and a book based on parts of it was published with Edinburgh University Press (read more here). My other particular interest is in Germanic — particularly North Germanic — languages. I have also worked on Slavic and Romance varieties.
My paper with Will Lamb entitled Dialect variation in Scottish Gaelic nominal morphology: A quantitative study will appear in Glossa.
In Semester 1 of 2020⁄2021, I am teaching on Linguistics and English Language 1A, where I am responsible for the data analysis block, and on Phonological Theory. I am also offering a Guided Research in LEL seminar entitled What’s Where When Why: Linguistic diversity, typology, and historical linguistics
My paper on the e ~ ’o alternation in Russian in Stratal Phonology (in Russian) has appeared in Rhema.
In Semester 2 of 2019⁄2020, I am course organizer for the pre-Honours course LEL2D: Cross-Linguistic Variation: Limits and Theories, where I also teach the phonology block. I also teach in pre-Honours on LEL2E: Structure and History of European Languages and on Linguistics and the Gaelic Language, and at Honours/MSc level on Historical Phonology and Current Issues in Phonology.
I have contributed a paper on Norwegian preaspiration to a Festschrift for Gjert Kristoffersen.